Israel Declares War on Hamas: Blinken in Arab States for Peace Talks Amid Fiscal & Political Turmoil
Israel declared a state of war on Saturday after Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists carried out the most devastating attack in the Jewish state's history, an attack the group said they had planned for two years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was in Israel on Thursday, will travel to several Arab states in an attempt to prevent the conflict from spreading and seek help in securing the release of hostages.
Congress estimated this week that the budget deficit reached USD 1.7 billion in fiscal year 2023, which ended in September. Spending on mandatory programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid increased 11%, while interest outlays o
n the public debt rose 33%.